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Having just had a girl just in this stage, I had so much fun putting together these ideas! Every gift on this gift guide for 3-5 year-old girls is something we used ourselves or came highly recommended from a friend. You might also want to check out the Boys Ages 3-5 Gift Guide for ideas. Many on both lists are gender-neutral.
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My daughter was gifted this one year and it was a huge hit! It sparked curiosity about other countries and she loved the unique activities and stories that came in her package once a month.
Little Passports creates products designed to inspire children to learn about the world through monthly subscriptions, educational toys and characters kids love. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and I highly recommend it!
While my daughter loved the world explorer box, they have all sorts of different themes to choose from.
Knowledge Crates are seasonal boxes packed full of activities ranging from art and literacy to science and math (the fall one had 22 activities and 15 extension activities!). All the activities are planned and prepped for you with materials included. Just open the box and dive right in! Use coupon code THRIVINGHOME to get a 15% discount off a quarterly or annual subscription.
With all the interchangeable flower pieces, kiddos can make hundreds of possible flower arrangements!
“We absolutely LOVE this! I got this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She loves building blocks and flowers and gardening and going to flower store with me so I thought this would be perfect and it was! She loves creating new flower combinations or even making a super tall one! It honestly the cutest toy idea I’ve seen in a long time! Very original and great quality as well!” – Diane
White Paper Rolls
This seems so simple but I have found that my daughter LOVES having these around to use for art. Spread them out on the table to color on during dinner time. They can also be used on a play table for easy clean up. Pair this with Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers for a great gift.
I know, I know. NO MORE STUFFED ANIMALS. However, these are different. They’re microwavable and have a lavender scent for a soothing warm cuddle AND they’re at an awesome price point. They have a million animals to choose from – see them all here.
Melissa & Doug Cutting Food
There is something that kids just love about slicing these pieces of food. They are held together by velcro and can be “sliced” and served over and over again.
I got a big set of these a few years back and we have used them over and over again. Kids love to stamp up mail, scrap paper, or really anything you put in front of them. Just don’t look away, one might end up on a siblings face. 🙂
There aren’t many games that hold my 4-year-old’s attention but this one does! It’s easy to learn and the kids love the little card dispenser.
Do A Dot Art Markers
Mess-free painting? Yes, please! These dot markers are awesome for your preschooler who loves to paint, but without the commitment of getting out all the supplies. You can also find endless dot art free printables online.
Mosaic Peg Board
Great for those fine motor skills, so much development happening here. The parts all store in the tray so the mosaic can be used again and again.
Jumbo Coloring Sheets
I’ve ordered almost every set of these over the years. They are the BEST. Don’t forget the scented markers to go with it! They are a big deal, trust me.
Kids LOVE having their own umbrella. I like to make these Santa gifts. There are 15 adorable styles to choose from.
This is the perfect age group for fun bath toys! I should just get a subscription to these because we use them so much! Try these fun bathtub fingerpaints too!
A childhood must! I’d recommend splurging and getting the 11-pound bag. You can also get smaller portions. Tip: Get all the same color. They get all mixed together eventually!
Hungry Hungry Hippo
A little tricky to keep track of all of those balls but kids LOVE this game.
Let’s Go Fishing Game
Be warned. Lots of pieces to keep track of but my kids loved this one.
$25 – $50
A Crayola best seller!
Brings kids crafts to life with 12 washable animal figures that can be customized again and again! Kids color and design their animal. Then, when they’re ready for something new, POP ‘em in the tub and use the scrub brush to get them cleaned up.
All of my kids loved these! My 3-year-old has even figured out how to navigate the books as they are read out loud to him. There are lots of different themes too.
Bugs in the Kitchen Game
My 4-year-old loves this game! It comes with a special edition hexbug that runs through the maze while the players try to trap the bug. For 2-4 players, this one is a family game night win!
Pretend play is all the rage with preschoolers. This doctor’s kit will get lots of use in your home!
Teaching Cash Register
A classic. So much pretend play can happen with this toy.
Despite my parental distaste for these, kids absolutely love them. This 12-Pack Egg Carton has adorable Season 4 cuties with vibrant neon colors! Place them on a light to see them shine bright.
This age LOVES puzzles. Crocodile Creek is a great brand to go with. Beautifully designed and high quality floor puzzles are always a win for preschoolers!
Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House
Preschoolers LOVE this set. Dust, sweep and mop…when it’s clean-up time this is one toy you will be glad to have around. They are wood and built to last too.
These have been a favorite of my kids for YEARS. They do eat up batteries pretty fast so be sure to stock up. Great car toy. Here is the boy version.
The 3 wheels are perfect for learning to ride a scooter. Very highly rated on Amazon too! The three wheels make it easy for kids to learn!
Play-Doh Magical Oven
When the Play-Doh box comes out, this is the most used toy!
I got a similar one of these a few years ago and it continues to be a favorite. They are super creative, well illustrated, and are personalized all throughout the book which impressed me. This book focuses on kindness and being a positive change. There are lots of different books with different story lines…check them all out here!
So much imaginary play can happen with this take-along horse barn and family. If your little lady is an animal lover this is a must!
$50 – $100
LeapFrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart
Our preschool had a similar set, and the kids all gravitated towards it. It was adorable to watch their imaginations at work as they played ice cream shop. This set also teaches counting, colors, and sequencing. Rated a must have with great reviews.
Calico Critters Country Home
Year after year this set continues to be a bestseller. Kids adore the cute animals and make-believe home; parents love that this set will be played with for years to come. Add some extra critters to make the whole family.
Big ticket item but worth every penny! We’ve set up ours in the garage, used it for birthday parties, and in our backyard when we entertain.
Indoor Swing Trapeze/Rings Combo
Such a great energy burner for those cold months inside! I could see my kids having a lot of fun on this in the future.
Good News of Great Joy
A simple, weekly Advent devotional that’s intended to help your family focus on the story of Jesus’ birth.
The discussion questions and wide range of fun activities are designed for children ages 2-11.
Each weekly activity focuses on a different aspect of the Christmas story.